Warner's Gravity took in $4.00 million on Tuesday to lead the daily box office for a twelfth consecutive day. The Alfonso Cuarón directed sci-fi drama starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney was down 35 percent from Monday and down 40 percent from last Tuesday. After a string of exceptional daily holds, Gravity did experience some relative slowing on Tuesday, as most other wide releases aimed at older moviegoers experienced better daily percentage holds. In the bigger picture, Gravity continues to perform well above expectations with a twelve-day start of $132.53 million. That places the film 43 percent ahead of the $92.64 million twelve-day take of The Heat earlier this year.
IMAX grosses were responsible for $0.90 million of the film's total gross on Tuesday (22.5 percent). To date, IMAX grosses for Gravity have totaled $28.97 million, which represents 21.9 percent of the film's overall total gross.
Sony's Captain Phillips held up nicely on Tuesday to remain in second place with $2.63 million. The critically acclaimed Paul Greengrass directed film starring Tom Hanks was down 27 percent from Monday's Columbus Day performance. Captain Phillips topped the $30 million mark yesterday and is outpacing pre-release expectations with a five-day start of $31.92. The film is currently running 4 percent behind the $33.24 million five-day gross of The Departed (which opened over Columbus Day weekend back in 2006).
Fellow Sony release Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 held steady in third place with $0.86 million. The 3D computer animated sequel was down a sharp, but understandable 72 percent from Monday's inflated Columbus Day performance. Compared to last Tuesday, Cloudy 2 was down a slim 18 percent. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has grossed $81.53 million in 19 days, which places it 2 percent behind the $82.88 million 19-day take of 2009's Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Machete Kills continued to make little noise on Tuesday with a sixth place take of $0.365 million. On the positive side of things, the Robert Rodriguez directed sequel released by Open Road was down 19 percent from Monday, which represented the day's strongest daily percentage hold among wide releases. With that said, Machete Kills has grossed a disappointing $4.65 million in five days, placing it 69 percent behind the $15.12 million five-day start of 2010's Machete.